Guardian: First 20 UK towns and cities in line for local TV service announced.
Local TV may be coming to a small screen near you soon – but only if you are in one of the 20 towns and cities unveiled by the government.
The government also revealed today that BSkyB and Virgin have committed to offering either apps or the use of the yellow button on their interactive services to fulfil the heavily debated obligation that the new local TV services receive "appropriate prominence" on electronic programme guides (EPGs) when they are launched.
The first 20 areas to receive local TV services will be: Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Grimsby, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Preston, Southampton and Swansea.
The government said a further 24 areas have been identified for a future round of licensing of local TV services.
These are: Aberdeen, Ayr, Bangor, Barnstaple, Basingstoke, Bedford, Cambridge, Carlisle, Derry/Londonderry, Dundee, Guildford, Hereford, Inverness, Kidderminster, Limavady, Luton, Maidstone, Malvern, Mold, Salisbury, Sheffield, Stoke on Trent, Stratford upon Avon and York.